National Nest Box Week is an annual event that takes place every year from 14-21 February. St Valentine's Day was chosen for the start of National Nest Box Week as this is the traditional date when birds pair up for the new breeding season.

National Nest Box Week

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The aim of National Nest Box Week is to encourage people to put up nest boxes to help breeding birds and other wildlife.

Natural nest sites such as holes in trees and buildings are disappearing fast as people have carried out home and garden improvements and woods have been "tidied up". Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997 thousands of nature enthusiasts across the UK have put up boxes to compensate and give a home for the birds in their garden. It is estimated that there are about 6 million nest boxes in UK gardens.

If you haven't already got a nest box then read our advice about choosing and siting one and then take a look at our selection of nest boxes to buy. These bird boxes come in a range of designs and prices to suit all kinds of gardens and budgets.

This year when choosing your nest box why not help a Species of Conservation Concern, such as house sparrows?

It is becoming harder for house sparrows to find suitable nesting sites, particularly in the roofs of modern houses. House sparrows breed in loose colonies, so try putting up several boxes a few feet apart or choose specially designed sparrow flats where up to 3 breeding pairs can nest together.

If you've already got a bird box then take the opportunity to carry out some maintenance on your box to get it prepared for when your feathered friends are ready to move in.